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Ok, vacation over. It was wonderful & much needed, but now I’ve got to get back to War of the Seasons.
I received my first truly negative criticism of my first book, The Human – a friend really didn’t like it.
I have to say it was a bit shocking, and it hurt my feelings at first, because honestly, who likes to hear that someone didn’t like something they created. Then, to make matters worse, many of the things the person didn’t like about my book weren’t necessarily things that could be fixed. It was completely based on their personal tastes, and they simply didn’t like my book.
After some time mulling over their comments, I realized something. That’s ok! Not everyone is going to like what I write, and it’s best that I learn that now, early on, from a friend, instead of after War of the Seasons gets published. I mean, isn’t that the reason there are different genres? I don’t like mystery or true crime like my husband does, but I love sci-fi/fantasy & romance. It’s great when we find a book or author that we can both agree on, but generally our “to read” stacks next to our bed (or as is becoming more the case lately, our Nook wishlists) are very different.
So, that said, I’ve come out of this experience of “negative” feedback positively. I need to always strive to better my writing, but I can’t write to please people – because I’m never going to please everyone. So I just need to tell the story I want tell the best way I know how.